Water, Oxygen and Mitochondrial Production of Energy


Courtesy of Brian D. Foltz

Mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. As we get dehydrated, we fail to get oxygen and hydrogen in the form of water inside the cell, thus we lose the ability for our mitochondria to be cranking out as much energy as normal. Here we start looking straight in the face of how cancer begins according to metabolic theories of cancer.

If defective mitochondria are responsible for the origin of cancer, and defective energy metabolism is responsible for the observable characteristics of cancer than we must clearly see how water deficiencies will lead to mitochondrial deficiencies that can turn a cell cancerous. 

Dr. Zach Bush contends that oxygen is not just breathed in but derived from hydrolysis of inter-cellular water into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O), and that to consistently get the proper ratio of oxygen to hydrogen, you need to liberate the oxygen from the water (H2O). Light would probably be a part of this process and we do know that Red and Near Infrared light do penetrate into the mitochondria.

Bush believes that “The water we drink is a delivery of both oxygen and hydrogen in a nice ratio where you can release the O’s with their electrons. They become O2. They release H’s in the form of H2. They become a scrubber of inflammation and substrate for the ATP pump.” According to Bush, all of his patients are dehydrated.

One way or another water is absolutely necessary for every physiological process including the transport of oxygen to the cells. Water is the primary transport for the removal of toxins out of the cells and oxygen in. Just think how important water is for the blood and oxygen flowing through our circulatory system.

Blood flow declines with dehydration. Dehydration reduces the amount of fluid circulating in our bloodstreams and this is crucial for oxygen delivery to the cells. Health demands that we keep the speed of the blood high so that it contained sufficient oxygen (enough water = blood volume = speed through the body and oxygen capacity). It also helps to retain more CO2 in the blood because appropriate CO2/bicarbonate levels keeps the vessels dilated so the blood flows more freely. Slower breathing and intake of bicarbonates help increase blood CO2 levels, which helps with oxygen delivery to the cells.